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16th Street’s Actors Access

  • A Talk to the Actors – Joanna Murray-SmithDecember 21, 2023

    16th St, December 2023 A Talk to the Actors Certain things never change throughout a writing life, whether you’re running the masterclass or taking it, whether you’ve written 30 plays or none, that when you sit down to create something, you shouldn’t know too much. You have to surprise yourself. “It is the mark of […]

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  • Telling stories at Melbourne OperaOctober 31, 2019

    It has been a real education working with the performing artists from Melbourne Opera. It is becoming quite a fertile partnership!  Opera singers really have their work cut out for them and each time I work with them my respect and admiration for them as dramatic artists grows. I am struck by the amount of […]

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  • Balancing Art & LifeSeptember 24, 2019

    “A great acting teacher once said that the business of acting requires you to have the backbone of a warrior, in order to deal with the constant rejection. But the craft of acting asks you to come with a wide open heart and be as vulnerable as a child. The effort of sustaining and balancing […]

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  • Actors To Thank For The Emergence of Western CivilisationAugust 28, 2019

    Acting is a much more important profession than most people acknowledge. It holds reality together and keeps the empathy machine – essential to society – running. Serious actors skilled in their craft are more important than ever. Acting is the core tool of social cohesion. ‘Storytelling in public’ has a lineage that stretches back over […]

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  • Greetings from Sunny KirribilliJuly 25, 2019

    As I write this I’m currently in Tech for the fourth incarnation of Arthur Miller’s play, A View from the Bridge, this time at the Ensemble Theatre. It is a rare treat to keep working on a classic text over many years, made even better by the fact that I am working with truly dedicated […]

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  • Reflections from a Tuscan RetreatJuly 9, 2019

    Dearest Actors,   It is lovely to return to the studio after completing my second 2 month retreat in one of the largest Buddhist Centres in Europe. This time in the rolling hills of Tuscany. I have to admit, every time I would line up for lunch (silently), I would thank God I was in […]

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  • A word from our Artistic Director for 2017December 12, 2016

    I was touched to hear one of the Full Time actors share with his classmates, since he has been training as an actor, he has become less judgemental in life. I remember four years ago, when Buddhist nun Venerable Robina Courtin, a woman I regard as my teacher and spiritual friend, asked me why actors […]

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  • Kim Krejus on ‘Respect For Acting’October 20, 2013

    I remember as a 17 year old, having a profound desire to be a great actress. No doubt in part because I was looking to be seen and heard. However, there was a deeper yearning that lurked in the recesses of my teenage mind and heart. I was told that talent and hard work were […]

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